Outdoor space and extra rooms now top of house-hunters priority list

These family homes fit the bill (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Over the past year or so our homes have had more demands placed on them than ever before.

On top of their normal functions, they’ve become offices, classrooms and gyms, and a legacy of the pandemic is that we’ve reassessed our priorities when planning to move.

In its latest Housing Futures report, estate agency Strutt & Parker reveals that private outside space and extra room now top house hunters’ wish lists.

They also look for excellent broadband and mobile connectivity, and although 45% of those surveyed would move closer to nature to benefit their mental health, more than three quarters cite access to shops and amenities as a motivation for moving.

We still want to live in locations that suit our lifestyles – for example close to good schools, and nearly two thirds say that convenience for public transport is important.

Demand for new-build homes has soared, with 69% of Londoners and 72% of 30 to 34-year-olds preferring them to older stock.

Charlotte Moxon, head of regional new homes at Strutt & Parker, puts this down to the confidence that comes from moving into a brand-new, clean, low-maintenance home.

Once you’ve seen these fab family houses you’ll likely agree.

Best for… schools

Green Park Village, Reading RG2

Three-bed houses from £520,000

Reading’s an excellent location for grammar schools (Picture: Simon Winson)

Relocate to this thriving new neighbourhood and you’ll be in pole position to access Reading’s excellent educational establishments – which include two grammar schools – as well as the on-site primary.

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Maple Walk, Liphook, Hampshire GU30

From £462,950

Outstanding schools just minutes away

Forget the school run when you buy one of these three and four-bed houses – they’re one minute’s walk from Bohunt School & Sixth Form, rated outstanding by Ofsted, and less than 15 minutes from Liphook Infants and Liphook C of E Controlled Junior School, both rated as good.

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Best for… amenities

Greensands, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12

From £295,000

Greensands is close to Wantage’s bustling town centre

These two, three, four and five-bed houses are only a five-minute drive from Wantage’s historic and atmospheric centre, where you’ll find high street and independent shops, restaurants and cafés, and a thriving twice-weekly market.

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Highwood Village, Horsham, West Sussex RH12

Four-bed houses from £750,000

Boredom isn’t an option here, as the high street’s within walking distance, a BMX pump track’s on the doorstep and a country park is down the road. Horsham station is a short drive.

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Inholm, Northstowe, Cambridge CB24

From £495,000

Built with WFH in mind

Forming part of one of the country’s newest towns, these three, four and five-bed contemporary houses have high-speed broadband, are highly-energy efficient so cheap to run and available in various layouts with office space to suit your home working needs.

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Hayfield Walk, Hanslope, Buckinghamshire MK19

From £410,000

These homes include ultra-fast broadband

Three and four-bed houses are available off-plan in the first phase of this eco-efficient 101-home development.

They will include ultra-fast broadband and sound-deadened studies, allowing you to work in peace undisturbed by the kids.

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Best for… outside

Gill Wood, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5

From £675,000

Easy access to green space

Situated in an elevated spot in the High Weald Area of Outstanding National Beauty, this scheme consists of 14 three-bed semi-detached and 14 five-bed detached houses with big gardens backing onto woodland, and access to 18 acres of parkland.

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Woodhurst Park, Warfield, Berkshire RG42

Three-bed houses from £495,000

Modern development with country style (Picture: Carl Everingham)

Berkeley’s visionary development has been designed to replicate a quintessential English village and features a country park, village green, duck pond, play areas, an orchard and nature trails. Gardens are a good size, too.

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Best for… extra rooms

Downsview, Westerham, Kent TN16

From £695,000

A flexible fourth bedroom could serve as a home office

A small scheme of four-bed, three-storey homes a short walk from charming Westerham Village.

Each has a large kitchen/diner, a separate living room and a flexible fourth bedroom which could be used as a study, hobby or TV room.

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Little Saddles, Shenley, Hertfordshire WD7

From £950,000

Eight four-bed homes to choose from (Picture: Julian Franklin)

Eight spacious four-bed detached and semi-detached houses in a private gated community, by Amara Property.

The design of each is different, but all include an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area, a study and reception room.

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